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Jason Kander served as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, investigating groups and individuals suspected of corruption, espionage, drug trafficking, and facilitating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Jason’s commanders described him as an “outstanding leader” and the Afghan Intelligence Watch Commander said Jason’s “hard work directly resulted in arresting enemies and saving lives.” After his deployment, Jason came home to Missouri, becoming a leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood, where he trained hundreds of soldiers to lead troops into combat. As a state legislator who represented Jackson County, Jason put politics aside to do what’s best for Missouri. He worked with Republicans and Democrats to balance the budget each year without raising taxes and took on both parties to pass the first major ethics reform in almost 20 years. He also helped turn Missouri’s once weak human trafficking laws into among the country’s strongest.
Jason ran for Secretary of State in 2012, beating the Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives in a year that was otherwise very difficult for Democrats in Missouri. As Missouri’s Secretary of State, Jason cut his own budget by over $1 million, while providing more services than the office ever has before. He cut red tape and fees to help small businesses hire and thrive, protected our right to vote, and got tens of millions of dollars for Missouri taxpayers when he took on the Wall Street firms that helped cause the 2008 financial crisis. And he’s led the fight to clean up Missouri’s worst-in-the-nation campaign finance and ethics laws.
Jason Kander lives in Columbia with his wife, Diana, an entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri, and their son True, who was born in September 2013.